It is the mission of the McMinn County Sheriff's Department to ensure the safety of the general public, the employees of this institution and the inmates confined therein. We do this by managing high risk offenders, including those sentenced to life or death. We are committed to fulfilling our mission with all employees working together for a common goal. Creativity, flexibility and responsiveness is encouraged by our entire staff. We respect each staff member, as well as those we serve through fair, ethical, and courteous treatment. As law enforcement officers, our fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation; the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional right of all persons to liberty, equality and justice.
Sheriff Joe Guy supervises all county law enforcement officers. He is charged with the operations of the Justice Center and the care of its prisoners. He serves papers out of the Sessions Court, Circuit Court Clerk and Clerk and Master's Office. This office is elected county-wide every four years and is located in the Justice Center at the city limits of Athens on Hwy 30, going toward Etowah.